Yankees unlikely to trade Curtis Granderson this offseason

As the summer went on and Nick Swisher outperformed Curtis Granderson it got a lot of fans thinking that if the Yankees are going to have to lose one, why not re-sign Swisher and trade Granderson instead?

Then the offseason happened and people weren’t in such a rush to see the Yankees keep Swisher, but a trade of the disappointing Granderson still seemed possible. However, according to Brian Cashman that doesn’t seem entirely realistic.

“I will listen on anybody, but you would be hard-pressed to get enough to trade a center fielder who is a perennial 40-homer-plus man,” Cashman told Joel Sherman of the NY Post.

The thing about trading Granderson is that the Yankees are already replacing Swisher and it’s hard enough to replace one let alone two. And Granderson, despite taking a step back from 2011, was still very productive in 2012. So while there are options out there to replace him those options are either not a big enough upgrade or come with a steep price tag. Realistically, the Yankees are probably better off holding on to Granderson for another year while they search for a more long-term solution.

So that’s what Cashman is likely to do — hold on to Granderson and listen. If something else better comes along he’ll surely pursue it, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense to trade him just because he struck out a lot and wasn’t as good as he was the year before.

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4 Responses to Yankees unlikely to trade Curtis Granderson this offseason

  1. Joe says:

    He swings and misses at way too many pitches. The Phillies and the Nationals need a centerfielder. Move him for a talented prospect, save the money on his contract and put Gardner in CF.

  2. Tanned Tom says:

    It all depends on what happens when his contract is up. If the team want him past 2013 then you keep him, but if they are going to let him leave you have think of trading him. He leaves you get a draft pick, surely he's worth more in trade value than that. I say trade him.

  3. David K. says:

    You should be able to get at least a good reliever (preferably left handed), plus a pitching prospect and one outfield prospect for Granderson. If we can get that, I'd trade him in a heartbeat. Granderson just doesn't take a professional approach at the plate. He rarely hits the other way, doesn't work the count, doesn't advance baserunners, doesn't hit for average, doesn't hit with RISP, doesn't cut down on his swing with two strikes, doesn't cut down and make contact with RISP, doesn't get on base to use his speed. The one thing he does is hit home runs. But 40 homers does not make up for all those negatives, which is why he is an absolute zero in the post-season against good pitching. Plus his defense is extremely volatile. I hope Cashman is just saying he won't trade him to drive up his trade value.

  4. Chris MacDonald says:

    How `bout we trade Granderson for say, I know, Austin Jackson!